I plotted this out straightforwardly from what seems to be the beginning
where there are two points that are close together. Those are at the
bottom of the plot where it says S76W 36. Not wanting to spend a lot of
time pouring over the deed and researching the scale, I just put in
chains as the unit of distance. This first call establishes the
direction of the plot as clockwise. And, the ending call is in a
consistent direction so, I go with that.
Doing this, and entering all the calls exactly as shown (to my eye and
fixing the typos as deedmapper exposes them), at call number 7 or so,
the plot goes haywire. From that point on, it seems that all the calls
up to the next to the last one have the directions swapped north for
south, east for west, etc. When I fix that, the deed almost closes, the
shape is pretty close to what is drawn, and the area comes out to 495.6
In order to make the plot close, I would play with the distance of one
or more of the calls. A good one to start would be S38E 16. If I make
that 24, then it closes and looks almost exactly like the plot in the
deed. The area at this point is 551 Acres.
My opinion is that this is about as good as it gets with these old
surveys. You are lucky to have the plot. Many of the ones I have tried
to reconstruct do not have the original survey even, so the plot is
absent, and you are then totally at the mercy your wits, and the
surrounding plats to figure out what is going on.
Hope this helps.
Jim Barrett via wrote:
First I want to thank Kimberly Powell for letting me know that early
Greenville Co., South Carolina plat maps are online.
Then I want to challenge you to use DeedMapper to plot a deed. Follow her directions,
but ignore the index. I want you to plot the map for Philip Sherill which is at the top
of page 246 Book D. I have two questions: 1) which direction is north and 2) how many
acres does you map calculate.
Thanks. Jim Barrett - Timpson, TX
The link to the main entry page for online Greenville County, SC records from the
Recorder of Deeds is here:http://www.greenvillecounty.org/rod/searchrecords.asp
You'll want to go to the pre-1985 section (first link). Ignore the stuff about
plats...those are all recent.
For the early plats, select Land Grants and then Index to Land Grants. That will give you
the book and page you need to find the actual record (the books are also digitized).
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